When Petty Officer Brian Laliberty made the decision to reenlist in the Navy, he wanted a member of his favorite football team to administer the oath of service. Washington Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong was happy to oblige.
The 28-year-old Laliberty contacted the Redskins before the lockout to see if any player was interested and eventually got word that Armstrong was willing. The two connected on Twitter and when it was time for Laliberty to take his oath last month at the Pentagon, Armstrong was there to read the oath in front of Laliberty's friends and family.
"It was a complete honor, I truly appreciated him doing it," Laliberty told The Redskins Blog. "He was definitely raised right and worked his way. He couldn't have been a more humble guy, and more engaging."
Armstrong took a day off from player workouts in June to make the drive to the Pentagon. He tweeted a message after the ceremony, encouraging all his followers to thank Laliberty for his service.
Laliberty expects to be stationed aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. When not deployed, the ship is docked in Norfolk, in the southern edge of Redskins country. This should allow Laliberty to watch Armstrong and the 'Skins play on TV during the season, a fact which may or may not be a good thing for the young sailor.
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